Sep 26, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of america. >> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away. romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking disparagingly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to win ohio, in part because i have support from people in ohio >> reporter: but the problem, obama is here, too, today, his 29th visit since taking office, and not letting anybody forget that other number, 47%. >> i don't believe we get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as victims who never take responsibility for their lives. >> reporter: the president stopped at campuses, rallying young supporters. such a crucial day, both men took
Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney practicing with ohio senator rob portman looks like he's been getting a workout. the president sparring with john kerry, even chose a key suburb in nevada, a battleground state, for his practice session. neither candidate is known as a great debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites, and can be patronizing. >> you're likeable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: romney, say advisers, can come off as out of touch with average voters. >> rick, i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: in the 52 years since the debates were first televised the first rule is appearances count.
Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in pennsylvania this afternoon, mitt romney made this bold promise. >> you're right, they're wrong, and we'll win pennsylvania and take the white house. >> reporter: but for that to happen with polls showing him trailing the president, analysts say romney must change the trajectory of the race. in a discussion, he acknowledged this is an important opportunity. >> and i think it will give people a chance to understand where we actually stand, as opposed to where our opposition thinks we stand. and then they can make a more informed choice. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates.
Sep 25, 2012 7:00pm EDT
tomorrow. a new washington post poll of likely voters shows the president leading romney in ohio 52-44 percent. >>> the civil war in syria, the hot topic at those united nations meetings, the secretary general demanding global action to stop the fighting. an international charity claims that kids are now traumatized for life after they witnessed the devastation and perhaps endure torture as well. the group is now pleading with the international community. help syria's youngest victims. >>> a ceremony today in la plata, honoring soldiers missing in action all the way from the vietnam war. this marks the culmination of an effort to make charles county the first county in maryland to fly the pow mia flag year round. an estimated 1700 american soldiers who served in vietnam are still considered missing in action. >> someone once said that dying for my country isn't the worst thing that can happen. being forgotten is. >> only one of the estimated 1700 missing soldiers from vietnam is from charles county. private francis mills, whose family was there at today's ceremony. >> 3,000 ticke
Sep 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. >> reporter: undeterred by a recent rocky stretch, mitt romney campaigned in colorado, insisting all is well with his campaign. >> we'll win, polls go up, some down. >> reporter: it is an aggressive attack, answering questions about whether or not the recent middle east uprising gave him any doubt about the arab spring. >> it is the right thing to do to align ourselves with democracy. and i was certain and continue to be certain that there will be bumps in the road. >> reporter: romney seized on the phrase "bumps in the road". >> we just had an ambassador killed, problems in egypt, and the race for the president, iran is on the edge of problems. pakistan, i don't consider these bumps in the road. >> reporter: the white house dismissed the criticism. >> there is a rather certain desperate attempt to grasp it, words and in that case that is profound. >> reporter: the campaign unveiled a new attack, the tv ads, releasing mitt romney's political tax returns with the remark that 47% of middle americans don't pay taxes. >> he wouldn't release his taxes for 2010, maybe instead of attacking others f
Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
in this particular election? >> at this point in time in the campaign, the stakes are enormous for mitt romney. he is behind, you can argue by how much he's behind, is it as bad as it looks in some polls in places like ohio or florida, but the bottom line is he's behind. he needs to come out basically not just even in the presidential, but it needs to serve as a way to fire up his republican troops, it's going to keep republican candidates from fleeing him, it's going to keep big money people from fleeing him. a decisive win by president obama will only add to the momentum at this crucial time when we have early voting and you'll see a whole bunch of candidates running down the ballot running from mitt romney. >> chuck todd in our washington newsroom, thanks. >>> tomorrow is the first monday in october, that mean tsz supreme court begins it's new term, the court expected to decide on cases involving affirmative action, specifically the role of race in college admissions as well as voting rights and same-sex marriage. when nbc nightly news continues on this sunday evening, life on the front lines w